Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review #16: 60 Minutes



Name: 60 Minutes
Author: Upendra Namburi
No. of Pages: 361
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Price: Rs. 350/-
Published in: June 2014

The Blurb:
Successful, brash and ferociously ambitious, Agastya is the poster-boy for corporate success. As the chief marketing officer of one of the biggest FMCG companies he is all set for the most important product launch at his career when things spin out of control. 60 minutes is all he has to save his job and his marriage.

Beautiful and intelligent, Maithili has never had much luck in love. When Agastya takes things too far and almost crushes her spirit, Maithili must avenge herself. 60 minutes is all she needs to turn his life upside down.

An unlikely adversary, Sailesh is a mathematical genius and an expert strategist. His academic temperament is unsuited to corporate rivalry and subterfuge but he is forced to retaliate when someone crosses the line. He has 60 minutes to destroy his foe.

High-profile jobs, reputations, relationships and marriages are at stake. Stealth, blackmail and secret liasions exposed. Emotions mixed in doubts and ambitions entangled in hostility. As the battle for supremacy continues, who will falter, who will persist and who will come out on top?

A ONE-OF-A-KIND CORPORATE DRAMA WHERE ALL THE ACTION WILL UNFOLD IN SIXTY RACY MINUTES.


About the author:
An engineer by accident and an MBA by coincidence, Upendra finds himself in the dynamic world of banking and finance. In an attempt to break the monotony of classrooms and lectures during his college years, he developed a strong inclination towards writing. Over time the love affair blossomed. He now maintains several blogs and has also contributed articles to Indian and International publications.

Upendra has written on a wide array of subjects including payments, marketing, loyalty and social media. He has also been invited by several management schools across India to speak and interact with students.

Having experienced the constant rush of timelines and deadlines in the turbulent waters of several leading corporates in India, Upendra is currently on a voyage of writing the ‘Numbers triumvirate’. The three books titled 31 (days), 60 (minutes) and 8 (hours) are contemporary Indian thrillers.

In his debut novel 31, Upendra has successfully captured the transient lifestyle of the banking world. The book was on the longlist for the Tata First Book award and received rave reviews.

His second book titled 60 minutes is a unique book wherein the entire story is set in a pulsating sixty minutes.

You can know more about the author at http://upendranamburi.com/

MY THOUGHTS:
Cover: The cover is quite attractive and depicts a fast-paced city.

Writing: I didn't find the writing style much clear and engaging. I found some of the narratives quite clumsy and unnecessary at times. I have actually grazed through most of them.

Story: I felt that the author tried to squeeze in too many facets into the plot and ended up making it confusing at places.. Even though the main plot unravels in a period of 60 minutes, every alternate chapter was a flashback. Several scenes seemed unnecessary and unimportant to the main plot. I found the main plot somewhat far-stretched too. I liked Sailesh better than Agastya, and wished he had been given a more engaging part.

I give "60 Minutes" 1 star on a scale of 5. You can give this one a pass, unless you are a fan of the author.

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